Operation Safe Streets: Safe Kids - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Nick Kenney

Operation Safe Streets: Safe Kids

Three years ago, a 12-year old boy was killed in a hit-and-run crash outside the Ed Rice Community Center in Memphis.

An organization aimed at keeping kids safe hopes his story will save the lives of other children.

It's called Operation Safe Streets: Safe Kids. It's not a new initiative, but it is new to one part of Memphis.

A community still grappling with the death of a young boy in a still unsolved hit-and-run. A community is trying to keep it from happening again.

Hundreds of little feet belonging to eight, nine, ten-year-old children scurry past speeding cars everyday from Delano Elementary.

"Our children are learning how to walk to and from school safely," says Prinicpal Patrice Shipp.

Dozens of elementary school students walk to Ed Rice Community Center on an after school walk and an after school lesson of sorts after a tragedy the community still struggles with.

Three-and-a-half years ago, February 23rd 2004, 12-year-old Daniel Mitchell left Ed Rice walked across North Watkins and got hit by a car.

The driver sped away and Daniel Mitchell died. The accident yet to be solved. The driver is still on the loose.

"Bad. It was bad. It was a tragic situation. I cried. We all cried. It hurt me. He had asked me to walk him home, but I was still out there playing basketball," says friends.

Daniel Mitchell's picture still hangs at Ed Rice and his friends Kevin Barfield and Kenneth Sangster still play there.

His memory all too fresh, especially on a day when students pitter-patter past. "It brings me, yeah. We think of him everyday. We come in, say a little prayer. Everyday," adds his friends.

Daniel Mitchell played basketball at the Ed Rice Community Center. His teammates finished up an undefeated season they had dedicated to Daniel Mitchell.

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